Saturday, December 28, 2013

Dining in the East Village


December 24, 2013:  Vincent and Carin at a Second Ave restaurant in the East Village.
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Thursday, December 26, 2013

#throwbackthursday





STEAL THIS MOVIE [2000]
Five years after Yippie founder Abbie Hoffman goes underground to avoid a drug-related prison sentence, he contacts a reporter to get out the story of the FBI's covert spying, harassment and inciting of violence they then blame on the Left. The skeptical reporter interviews Anita, Hoffman's wife, a single mom on welfare in New York City; Hoffman's attorney, Gerry Lefcourt; and others. As they talk, we see Hoffman's career in flashbacks, from early civil rights organizing through the trial of the Chicago Eight. While underground, as mental illness takes its toll, he meets Johanna Lawrenson, and an odd family develops: Abbie, Anita, their son, and Johanna. Will vindication ever arrive? 
Stars:  Vincent D'Onofrio, Janeane Garofalo, Jeanne Tripplehorn  





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Hawk D'Onofrio joins the cast of "BLANK"


Vincent's nephew, Hawk D'Onofrio.

 The casting of "BLANK" is now complete with the addition of HAWK D'ONOFRIO in the role of "Charlie", the young "typist", caught between the chaos and creativity of "Tom Hannigan" (KRIS BLACK) and "Logan Wellman" (JOEL BRYANT) as they work together and at-odds to complete adapting Hannigan's best-selling novel into a Broadway play; Tom is an alcoholic WW2 navy officer and Logan is a famous New York/Hollywood playwright/director, just one day out of a mental hospital. The play is an audience's "fly on the wall" perspective of two brilliant men, trading barbs, guzzling martinis and beer, and going-at one another, role-playing the characters for their new play; and "Charlie" is caught in the middle, but often eggs them on with his own personal revelations. 
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"BLANK" is loosely inspired by the real collaboration of Thomas Heggen and Joshua Logan, as they collaborated to adapt Heggen's best-selling novel, "MR. ROBERTS" into the first play to win the Tony Award in 1947. D'Onofrio joins previously announced cast members, DONNA W. SCOTT, AMY LAWHORN, and FARAH FATH. The production is in rehearsals for an opening on February 8, 2014, at the Ruby Theater in Hollywood.




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School bus company to shut down; NYC seeks alternative


NEW YORK (MYFOXNY) - While most parents should be relaxing during the Christmas break, many in New York City are now going to have to try and figure out how to get their kids to school.

A memo from the Department of Education explains that Atlantic Bus Company filed for bankruptcy in November and will no longer be in operation as of December 31.

That means the parents of about 40,000 public school students, particularly those with special needs, such as Carin Van Der Donk's 13-year-old son, will be scrambling to find other ways to get their kids to school.

Many parents are just hearing the news about the huge change.

Atlantic Bus Company hasn't made a comment, but its union -- Amalgamated Transit Union Local 1181 -- blamed the problem on the same issue that led to last winter's bus strike.

The union's president Michael Cordiello said this: "Once again we are seeing the turmoil caused by the strike that Mayor Bloomberg and Chancellor Walcott's set in motion earlier this year by removing Employee Protection Provisions (EPPs) from Special Education contracts."

Whatever the case, Van Der Donk had this advice: "Everybody get their act together please so the kids can go to school."

Many of those students who will be impacted are those with special needs and with disabilities. Meanwhile the city said it is working on contingency plans, such as giving out special MetroCards to students and finding another bus company.
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"We have a plan in place to get every student to school on January 2nd and information is going home to families," Chancellor Dennis Walcott said in a statement. "My team and I have been in daily communication with the Mayor-elect's transition team on the issue."






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Tuesday, December 24, 2013

Merry Christmas!



I am blessed and thankful to have a wonderful family, and good friends.   I count my online friends as blessings as well.

I wish all of you a very Merry Christmas!

Chris




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Standing Ovation: Vincent D’Onofrio in ‘Men in Black’


 We hear farmer Edgar before we see him, in a lockdown shot of a little farmhouse with an old pickup out front and the sky above choked with stars. Inside the house, Edgar chastises his mousy wife, comparing her unfavorably to his truck. Outside the house, an alien spacecraft makes a slow, fiery beeline for the vehicle Edgar so loves. The impact drives Edgar outside, scattergun in hand and Heston on his tongue: “You can have my gun when you pry it from my cold, dead fingers” he tells his alien “bug” visitor a moment before being yanked down, hollowed out, and worn for the rest of “Men in Black” like a suit that’s several sizes too small.

When D’Onofrio emerges from the crater, everything about him is different. Granted, he’s been blessed with a makeup department headed by Rick Baker (who won the Oscar). But face paint and prosthetics are mere window dressing on a deeply imagined and exhilarating physical performance. There’s the walk—a frustrated lumber, as if the arms and legs are working against each other instead of together (to find this awkward movement, D’Onofrio experimented with ankle and knee braces). He stomps and barges, the arms jerk, flail, smash. Even the fingers seem to have developed minds of their own. There’s a sudden alarming elasticity to the actor’s face; the head is cocked at grotesque angles, deflating the chin into 5-o’clock folds that droop about the neck like unwashed rags. The mouth snaps, the lips smack. And then there’s the voice, a loose, lower-register, pissed-off snarl. Edgar, or rather the space cockroach wearing Edgar’s skin, groans, growls, and generally complains—with good reason.

Though Edgar’s story takes a back seat to the “new partner” arc given to movie stars Tommy Lee Jones and Will Smith, it provides the best moments of “Men in Black.” The film only truly sizzles when D’Onofrio’s on that screen. It also proves that expensive digital imagery can’t hold a candle to a great actor with a bold vision.
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At a film festival the year after “Men in Black” premiered, I got to spend some time with D’Onofrio and learned that at least two of his performances had been touched by fate. The first was the actor’s very first theatrical role, in Stanley Kubrick’s Vietnam War diptych “Full Metal Jacket,” as pathetic “fat-body” Pvt. Leonard “Gomer Pyle.” Shooting for more than a year to satisfy Kubrick’s vision, D’Onofrio passed the time watching Lon Chaney films. On the eve of shooting Pyle’s big bloody suicide scene, Kubrick asked D’Onofrio if he understood the level of emotional intensity the scene called for. “It’s got to be big,” Kubrick said. “Lon Chaney big.” Pure chance. But you can clearly see the “Man of a Thousand Faces” in Pyle’s demented fubar grin. The second time fate intervened was on “Men in Black.” Around the time D’Onofrio was cast he was listening to interviews with the late John Huston. Huston embodied evil itself as Faye Dunaway’s father and, er, something else, in “Chinatown,” and the marble-mouthed drawl that drips from Edgar’s alien-inhabited orifice is pure Huston.

But what is most remarkable about D’Onofrio’s performance in “MIB” is the simple idea behind it—and how it was only discovered because the actor was curious enough to investigate an inchoate character. When D’Onofrio was cast, the script was still in flux (surprise!) and there wasn’t much known about what he’d been hired to play. So he went to the art department and asked to see the conceptual art. His character—the bug—was huge, towering. This was news. This was inspiration. And D’Onofrio now had a premise for his performance: discomfort.

This giant bug would be none too pleased about being stuck in the inadequate confines of a silly biped body. You can see this discomfort—and the frustration that comes with it—grow over the course of the film: An alien becoming increasingly intolerant of its limiting human trappings until this farmer’s body becomes something to be used and discarded. After all, it’s just a cheap suit.

via Backstage.com, 12.23.13
by Mike Harvkey



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Monday, December 23, 2013

Vincent to attend screening of "Heroes Behind the Badge: Sacrifice and Survival" at Pleasant Grove HS

Pl. Grove honorary colonels help police

With limitations on both time and budget, law enforcement agencies can face difficult challenges while trying to protect the public. That is why Pleasant Grove's Honorary Colonels step in to help. Founded in 2010, the Honorary Colonels Association gives aid to the police department in a variety of ways.

In the past few months, the Colonels, a group of local citizens, have provided much needed equipment, given officer of the quarter and officer of the year awards, donated hundreds of dollars to fund Shop With a Cop and supported the Citizens Academy, a law enforcement awareness program that is offered to citizens.

The Colonels have also provided most of the funds for the department's K9 program. Being able to have the K9 program as part of the department brings a higher level of service to the citizens, said Police Chief Mike Smith.

The Colonels recently raised more than $12,000 to purchase new radios for the city's police officers. With this amount, the department was able to get seven new radios, according to Smith. "This was huge for our department," he said.

"Currently, we do not have in-car radios due to budget restraints, so the portable radio is all the officers have as a lifeline to dispatch," said Smith. "When our radios started to fail, the Colonels jumped into action and were able to raise some money and continue to raise money as we still have a need for more radios."

According to association president Mike Carter, the group raised funds this year by sponsoring a showing of the documentary "Heroes Behind the Badge." While the movie was shown in many locations nationally, Pleasant Grove's showing was the most successful.
The proceeds from the event were used to purchase equipment for the police department, according to Carter. Additionally, money raised was donated to the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund.
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The next fundraiser will be the first Utah showing of the follow-up documentary "Heroes Behind the Badge: Sacrifice and Survival." The film will be shown on Feb. 28 at Pleasant Grove High School. Actor Vincent D'Onofrio, who narrated the film, will be in attendance.

Carter said that members of the Honorary Colonels meet together once a month to discuss the needs of the department and make plans to help.

Members of the association have either volunteered to be involved or have been asked by department members, said Smith. "If someone wants to join the Colonels, they must fill out an application, pass a background check and be voted in by a majority vote of the membership," he said.

via DailyHerald, 12.23.13
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Saturday, December 21, 2013

Vincent D'Onofrio & Dana Lyn Showing at Joe's Pub


 Vincent D'Onofrio & Dana Lyn

Dana Lyn

Brooklyn-based violinist, arranger and composer

 









Price: $15 in Advance; $20 at Door
9:30 PM - January 31

Show Description

My private journals read by me in a private way in order to change the world and stuff. When I read them to myself, my mind--the mind in my head--fills with music, yet I can't find the source of the music because I refuse to look around me. It is below me to look around. Around, below. Yet the music plays for you on stage, for you. I refuse it while you listen. I refuse to look around. You. 
 
"Vincent D'Onofrio started sharing his exquisitely written journal entries with us about a year ago. In these sharp, scary, funny, inviting, original prose poems, presented with live music by Dana Lyn's Slim Bone Head Volt, we meet both Manchester and Pilot Wolf, can no longer look at nature, the body (human or animal, it matters not), or ballet the same way." -Jonathan Marc Sherman

Listen to a snippet of Vincent reading 

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Friday, December 13, 2013

Photo: Vincent in Brazil on set of "Pele"


 12.13.13 -Posted by Jorge Raimundo Dos Santos

This here is the guy giving a moral (lesson?) to Vincent D'onofrio (Law & Order). The guy is able to! (Translated by Bing) 

Vincent was in Brazil for his role as 'Coach Feola' in "Pele"




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Thursday, December 12, 2013

#throwbackthursday




Law & Order Criminal Intent - Season 5, Episode 6
IN THE WEE SMALL HOURS [Nov 2005]

In this first part of a two-part episode, a girl and two boys go missing from a school trip. Logan and Barek team up with Goren and Eames to find them. The trail leads the detectives to a sexual predator who likes to brag about his exploits in his Internet blog, and who turns out to be rather well-connected.

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[CURRENT PROJECTS]

List of films in production.

"Emerald City" [Airs 1.6.17]

TV Series - A modern reimagining of the stories that lead to 'The Wizard of Oz'. Vincent.....The Wizard

"CHiPs" [TBA]

Film based on the cops television series CHiPs

Shoots Oct. 15–Nov. 15 in Los Angeles.
Warner Brothers


"In Dubious Battle" [2016]

"In Dubious Battle" [2016]
An activist gets caught up in the labor movement for farm workers in California during the 1930s. Vincent....Al Anderson

"Pele" [2016]

The life story of Brazilian football legend, Pele.

Vincent D'Onofrio....Coach Feola
Filmed in Brazil November 2013

"TENN" [TBA]

A story about the early life of Tennessee Williams

Directed by James Franco
Vincent D'Onofrio, Jacob Loeb

"American Falls" - [TBA]

In a rural town in Southern Idaho, the Suzukis, a Japanese American family, run a small motel. One night they get a strange visitor who sports ‘city’ clothes who turns out to be the first African-American man that Toru Suzuki’s children have ever seen. Yoshiko takes it upon herself to solve the mystery about this man, especially when 2 police officers come knocking on their door.

Short film produced by Erika Hampson.
Vincent D'Onofrio as Detective Foster.

'Purgatory' [TBA]

'Purgatory' [TBA]
Tagline: In the Wild West a lot of blood was spilled... but it didn't go to waste. Vincent....Dallas Stoudenmire

"A Fall From Grace" [TBA]

Detective Michael Tabb knows the city of St. Louis inside and out. He has felt its true heart, as much as its dark underbelly: but he does not know who, in both the dark and light - is taking the lives of young girls.

Director: Jennifer Lynch
Producer/Writer ...Eric Wilkinson

Vincent D'Onofrio ....George Lawson (GRACE's father)
Tim Roth.......Detective Tabb

Filming in St Louis - TBA

"Supreme Ruler" [TBA]

A man campaigns to become the leader of the Buffalo lodge.

Vincent D'Onofrio as Hank Dory
Ron Livingston as Steve
Marcia Gay Harden as Nancy

"The Monster Next Door" [TBA]

"The Monster Next Door" - Comedy Horror

Executive Produced by Dennis Johnson, Melanie Mohlman Produced by Eric Wilkinson, David Michaels
Written by Jim Robbins
Directed by Jennifer Lynch

Cast: Vincent D'Onofrio, Bill Pullman, French Stewart, Bill Moseley

'Down & Dirty Pictures' - [in Production - Filming TBA]

'Down & Dirty Pictures' - [in Production - Filming TBA]
Vincent......Harvey Weinstein

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